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From: Drew (99.255.178.23)
Subject:         what a summer!
Date: September 1, 2009 at 5:30 am PST

Over the winter, we had to put Farley through a TPLO; we figured we'd have a quiet summer. Not so much....

Spring started with Jade barfing up a roundworm. Right. Round of drugs # 1. Then we had kennel cough again - not sure where from, but.. round of drugs # 2....

Then a few weeks ago we noticed Farley had pretty much lost his undercoat over the spring, and it hadn't grown back. Blood tests, and .. yeah. Farley's thyroid levels, instead of being 24-26, were 2.

More drugs (lifetime drugs, too). Initial dose , of course, is a blast-it back to normal therapy which has him visibly losing weight and at activity levels that make his puppy hyperactiveness seem like a fond, calm memory - insanity rules the house, and he now eats ANYTHING. Bedsheets, underwear, drywall, dandelions, grass, shoes, EGADS MAKE IT STOP.

Which now brings us to the latest and greatest adventure. The neighbor next door grows this vine in the back corner of her yard - really pretty, dark green leaves, purple and yellow flowers , and little green clusters of berries which turn bright, bright red.....

Anyone? Bueller? Because we caught Farley munching on the berries. For those who might recognize the description, you're right.

We walked outside and caught the dog eating climbing, or bittersweet nightshade.

Oh yeah. NIGHTSHADE. as in.. DEADLY NIGHTSHADE!! The difference being, thank god, that the berries in Bittersweet nightshade lose their solanine/atropine content as they turn red. If it had been actual deadly nightshade, we'd probably be short a dog.

Thank goodness, no ill effects other than gas (and two hours pulling fines through the fence and cutting them off). I can't really kill the neighbors plant, but wow, I wish I could....

And to top it off, it turns out that torn rear ligaments are a standard symptom of a dog with decreasing thyroid levels............

Hoping everyone else has had a good summer....


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